I’m very happy journalism has not evaporated. This probably is because I am a journalist; but I think it’s generally hopeful for mankind. I like blogs and content providers and news services that deliver specialized info. I like TV and online news. I like commentators. I like them all.
I also like that traditional roles endure, no matter the medium so here’s one answer I offer to those who ask about journalism and being a journalist:
There are three types of journalist:
1. the SCOOP journalist
2. the SCANDAL journalist
3. the STORY journalist.
Imagine a newsroom when the police scanner announces the crash of a plane. Before the transmission ends, the SCOOP journalist is racing to scene to confirm the tragedy and air its occurrence to audience. The SCANDAL journalist is phoning the Federal Aviation Administration, checking pilot’s license, maintenance schedule and manufacturer’s specs – with intent to uncover potential misconduct. The STORY journalist pokes around to notice some detail such as an empty beer can or a tiny shoe with intent to share the drama with audience.
One thing that bothers me is that something called “the media” keeps butting in to replace what is a craft, a job, a calling, and a mission to explore — not exploit.